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Top 20 October events: Oktoberfest, Pride and spooky parties galore

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Fall decor is starting to make the rounds, and rumored sightings of maple-scented candles have increased exponentially. That can only mean one thing: Cardigans are about to make a comeback in a big way. Ah, and Halloween. October is here, people!

If you haven’t already picked out your Halloween costume, then now might be the time. Thankfully, you have numerous viral and pop culture moments to pick from this year. However, if you don’t live for Halloween, and you’re just looking for a party, then don’t fear. There’s something for you this month, too.

In fact, we have a whole list of both Halloween and non-Halloween-related events that we’re just dying to share with you. Let’s dig in, shall we?

Featured Events in October

Atlanta Pride

South, out, and proud

Downtown Atlanta

Atlanta Pride

Though it doesn’t last long, Atlanta Pride is one of the most important LGBTQ+ events of the South. Starting with the Friday night kickoff party and ending with the DILF Tea Dance, Atlanta Pride has no shortage of incredible events. Of course, there’s the Pride March and rotating calendar of circuit parties to prepare for as well. And if the “G” part of LGBTQ+ doesn’t quite cut it for you, there’s also a Trans March, Dyke March, and Bi & Pan March. As for where to stay, the Courtyard Midtown is a good choice. But really, anywhere downtown is a good bet.

West Hollywood Halloween Carnival

L.A. or L … Slay?

West Hollywood, CA

West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval

Each year, more than 500,000 people take to the streets of Santa Monica Boulevard to enjoy the wildest, most eccentric costume creations ever at the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval. Visitors can expect fantastic live entertainment and food vendors. Admission is free and the event starts at 6 PM and runs until 11 PM. You can also expect live entertainment on multiple dedicated stages, food vendors and access to the many bars, lounges, clubs and restaurants along the Halloween Carnaval route.

More for the Halloween Queens

Pride Flag Plaza at Normal and University
Downtown D.C.

Halloween New Orleans 2023

Be a gay, be very a gay

Downtown New Orleans
Iroquois Park, 2120 Rundill Rd, Louisville, KY, United States

Halloween Parties Around the World

Horrorween Festival Sydney 2023

Are you a whore for horror?

Hordern Pavillion
Church Street (Wood Street to Gloucester Street)

White Party Puerto Vallarta, Halloween Edition

AKA The Gay of the Dead Festival

Industry, 258 Lázaro Cárdenas, Puerto Vallarta, Jal.

Non-Halloween Parties (But You Can Still Dress Suggestively)

Jungle Party São Paulo 2023

Rainforest realness

Arena Super Festas

Hoerenbal Amsterdam 2023

You might get laid, but you won’t get paid!

Club Church, Kerkstraat 52, Kerkstraat and Leidsestraat, Amsterdam, NH

Pink Oktoberfest London 2023

Get Pink in the face

Between the Bridges

Floatilla Hong Kong 2023

What floats your boat?

Chung Hom Kok

Las Vegas Pride

This party is #winning

Sunset Park

Savannah Pride

Put your paws up

Savannah, GA

Queer Cultural Events for When You Just Can’t Party

Prague Signal – Festival of Lights 2023

This city is a wonderland

Historic center

Notte Bianca Valetta Malta 2023

Light up the Notte



New York LGBTQ+ Film Festival


Gay Kickball World Series

Jock or not, you’ll love the show

2222 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX

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